The view from WRAP

  • Plastic: friend or foe?

    By: Peter Maddox, Director of Government Programmes Posted: 23 Nov 2017
    Sir David Attenborough recently called for the world to act on plastic, after witnessing its impacts on marine life during the filming of his latest stunning TV series Blue Planet II. And when we see images of a turtle chasing a plastic bag, a pelican feeding its chick a plastic meal, or a blanket of plastic trash choking the ocean, it’s easy to appreciate why people are increasingly concerned...
  • Putting the business case to the test

    By: Linda Crichton, Head of Resource Management Posted: 21 Nov 2017
    It’s just over a year since we launched the Framework for greater consistency in household recycling in England, and it’s been a busy one with lots of work going on behind the scenes across the recycling supply chain. A major piece of work has been putting the national business case to the test at the local level. This has enabled us to assess the viability and appetite for service changes...
  • Open letter on China's waste import restrictions

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP Posted: 18 Oct 2017
    To:Ray Georgeson MBE, Chief Executive, Resource AssociationSimon Weston, Director of Raw Materials, Confederation of Paper Industries, Papermakers HouseSimon Ellin, Chief Executive, The Recycling AssociationJacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services AssociationCc:Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural...
  • Because it’s worth it!

    By: Peter Maddox, Director of Government Programmes Posted: 21 Sep 2017
    Many of us working in the waste and recycling industry know the economic and environmental value of recycling.  For the rest of the UK public however, it does not appear to be as clear.  That is despite the fact that items recycled from our homes and businesses can go on to have a new lease of life in new things bought and used by UK householders every single day.In our recent consumer...
  • There is a pathway to reduce food loss and waste – now is the time to step up

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 20 Sep 2017
    As a Champion 12.3, I am committed to driving action to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving food loss and waste by 2030.  It’s an ambitious target, but one as Champions we believe is not only achievable, but essential.Essential because it matters economically, environmentally and sociallyEconomically because the global economy is losing $940 billion every year;...
  • Valuing the environment and customers

    By: Steve Creed, Director Business Programmes Posted: 26 Jul 2017
    In the UK, where around two million tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is placed on the market each year, you’d be right to question the environmental impact.  Indeed this growing consumption means that over 1.5 million tonnes of waste EEE (WEEE) was generated in 2015 alone. Unless business models change, increasing population and growing resource scarcity and price...
  • Fashion industry walking the walk

    By: Steve Creed, Director Business Programmes Posted: 12 Jul 2017
    At WRAP we are firm believers that little can be achieved in isolation.  Our vision of a world in which resources are used sustainably is only possible if we come together to make it happen.  That is why we work with governments, businesses and communities, and work to unite people in a common cause.Our latest report into the environmental impact of the UK clothing industry demonstrates...
  • Using resources more sustainably to generate prosperity – a shared vision at #RTF17

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 30 Jun 2017
    What will life be like in the UK 25 years from now, and what are the economic and environmental implications?  It sounds a long time away, but the thing about the future is that the actions of the past can’t be changed once you get there.That’s why at WRAP we’re not waiting for the future – we’re thinking about 2040 now.  And we’re not the only ones.  I was delighted to have the...
  • How moving towards a circular economy can drive productivity

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 21 Apr 2017
    It was good to see resource efficiency as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper. This approach has the potential to deliver significant increases in the UK’s productivity, jobs and growth, as well as carbon and other environmental benefits, which is what I said in WRAP’s response.  In welcoming the current proposals for including resource efficiency in one of the strategy’...
  • Time to unite in the Food Waste Fight: The business case to act and reduce food waste and loss

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 7 Mar 2017
    With one third of all food produced on this planet wasted or lost, food waste is a colossal challenge we can’t afford to ignore.  Neither can businesses, municipalities, and governments afford to ignore our new report, co-authored with the World Resources Institute, on behalf of Champions 12.3.‘The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste’ report finds significant returns for company...
  • Food waste is a battle we can win by working together

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 13 Jan 2017
    “Where there is unity there is always victory,” wrote Publilius Syrus around 46BC.  So this week when we see that progress in reducing UK household food waste has stalled, it doesn’t mean we are losing.  It means we need to unite in the fight against food waste.More people are talking about food waste than ever before, which is great news.  But it isn’t enough.  7.3 million...